Discussing the fallout from the Houston Astros' cheating scandal, ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez acknowledged Tuesday that he "deserved" the suspension that kept him out of baseball for the 2014 season.
The three-time MVP called for Astros players to show remorse for their roles in the sign-stealing affair and likened it to his experience as a pariah surrounding his ban for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
"You cheat, you win a championship, there is no suspension – then there is no remorse," Rodriguez said during the broadcast of a Yankees-Red Sox spring training game. "People want to see remorse. They want a real, authentic apology, and they have not received that.
"From a guy who has made as many mistakes as anybody on the biggest stage, I served the longest suspension in MLB history and it cost me well over $35 million.
"You know what? I deserved that. As a result, I came back, I owned it after acting like a buffoon for a long time. I had my apologies and then I went dark."
"I served the longest suspension in MLB history. It cost me well over $35M. And you know what? I deserved that."@AROD says the Astros deserve whatever comes their way after the lack of remorse they've shown.pic.twitter.com/AnezyIyhHa— ESPN (@espn)March 3, 2020
Rodriguez went on to explain his mindset at the time and signal to the Astros that they need to live with the repercussions.
"I wanted my next move to be contrite but I also wanted to go out and play good baseball and change my narrative. The way you change your narrative is you have to be accountable.
"You've earned all this negative talk. You've earned whatever comes your way, whether it's getting hit by a pitch or negative press, you have divorced yourself from having the ability to protect yourself."